Land cover change and water balance of Mt. Guna, northwestern Ethiopia

01 June 2023 → 30 November 2023
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Hydrogeology
    • Surfacewater hydrology
Land cover change water balance runoff groundwater recharge Mt. Guna
Project description
Mt. Guna is a distinct Miocene shield volcano on the Ethiopian plateau. Its surface waters drain radially, whereas deep percolated water feeds a series of springs at the interface between Mt. Guna ’s volcanic tuffs and the underlying Ashangi Trap basalt. This study fills the knowledge gap for reconstructing the past hydro(geo)logical and geomorphological changes and for predicting future scenarios on similar Miocene volcanoes in the Ethiopian highlands. The research project is funded by Ghent University Special Research Fund (BOF) doctoral grants for candidates from developing countries. However, due to the impact of COVID-19 and security problems in the area, the progress of this project has been affected.